The USA’s refusal to end executions leaves it increasingly isolated as year by year more countries abolish the death penalty in law or practice. Among the first to do so were some of the USA’s closest neighbours in Central and South America. The global trend is clear – it is time for the USA to join it.
The death penalty in the USA is marked by arbitrariness, discrimination and error. Since 1976, more than 130 prisoners have been released from death row on grounds of innocence.
Amnesty International is calling on the US government to lead by example, suspending federal executions and passing laws to abolish the federal death penalty. The authorities in individual states that have the death penalty should also work to end it in their jurisdictions.
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